New Zealand – Lament





I came across this recently and was struck by its feeling of absolute darkness allied to a strength and belief that the New Zealander’s have displayed to the world following the tragedy in Christchurch.

lament to the yesterday of New Zealand, Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud

by In mind and Out

I am a New Zealander, I was always so proud of the peace and refuge I thought was my country.

For all of us, that was yesterday… the darkest day in our history, before our collective hearts were broken and after which things will never be the same.

I took this photo today, it’s beauty is a stark contrast to the realities of the darkness felt by us all.

This poem is a lament of the atrocities and the 49 people who lost their lives in the atrocity in Christchurch yesterday.

Kia Kaha and Arohanui to each and every person of this country, especially those killed, hurt and traumatized, yesterday.

My heart aches so much….

We thought this land

Of long white clouds,

Whakawhanuanga, Aroha

Connectedness, love

Was peace and refuge

Haeri Mai – welcome all

Within our kiwi smile.

But someone, somehow

The world tilted,


Broken shivers of glass

That sliced a heart –

And morphed a mind

With broken lenses

Of hate-filled illusions

Black and white delusions,

Extremes in the mist.

Our landscape is now tainted

By blood

Hatred lurking

In caves of beauty.

A terrifying kaleidoscope

Of severed souls

Of hate and difference

Of messages delivered with

Machine guns.

How I wish i noticed

Made that damaged heart

See care and kindness

Reflect sameness

So jagged edges of hate

Did not pierce the heart and hope

Of this country


Yesterday, the sun was bright

But today is darkness.